Inspiring Minds is a campus-wide partnership between Western Research, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Writing Support Centre, Western Communications, Western Libraries, Student Experience, and Western's 11 faculties.

Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferrable skills. Being able to communicate your research to broad, interdisciplinary and lay audiences -- both inside and outside academia -- is becoming an increasingly important skill for scholars of all levels.

Inspiring Minds seeks to help graduate students enhance this skill.

This non-competitive showcase highlights work by Master's and doctoral students from all 11 of Western's faculties and schools.

The following series highlights all submissions received from the Faculty of Social Science.

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Submissions from 2023

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Probing the brain’s capacity to learn a new language without trying, Amiya S. Aggarwal

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Understanding Urban Energy Landscapes Through a Territorialization Lens : a comparative case study of energy use in two eco-districts- Parc Marianne, Montpellier, and Olympic Village, Vancouver, Dominica Babicki

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Experiences of non-profit staff providing care for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: Key takeaways from Uganda and Ethiopia., Satveer Dhillon

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Accessing Providers for Co-Occurring Health and Mental Health Disorders for Children and Youth in Ontario, Grace Golden

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Mindfulness Meditation as a Predictor of Pro-Environmental Leadership, Talib Karamally

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Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Exploring Pain Disparities among Racialized Populations in Canada, Merita Limani

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The Enchanting Dance of Mood and Environment: Unraveling the Secrets of Daily Travel, Milad Malekzadeh

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“What do you really think about me?”: Uncovering the influence of partner beliefs on well-being, Gabriela C. M. Murphy

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A Cross-Classified Multilevel Study Investigating Perceptions of Misogyny in Popular Music Presented in the Format of Lyrics, Michelle Praymayer

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Animals in the ancient Ritual Landscape, Maris A. Schneider

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Deciphering what information people use while reading, Deanne Tak On Wah

Submissions from 2022

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Health Inequalities in Maternal & Child Health: Effects of COVID-19 Hospital Policies on Marginalized Populations, Maria Ahmed

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Are Ecodistricts an Example of Energy Territorialization ? An investigation of energy use in Parc Marianne, Montpellier and Olympic Village, Vancouver, Dominica Babicki

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Reconciliation Requires Housing: The Role of Housing in Enhancing Access to Higher Education for Indigenous Learners, E. Victoria Bomberry and Chantelle A. M. Richmond

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How is the knowledge of everyday events related to communication in autism spectrum disorder?, Kara E. Hannah

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Racial Inequities in Canadian Academia: The Case for Discipline Variation, Sydney O. Joao Ms

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How do we provide inclusive mentorship?, T. Eva Kwan

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The State-Trait Model of Cheerfulness: Psychometric Validation, Cross-Cultural Findings, and its Associations with Well-Being, Chloe Lau

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(Re)Building Men, Building Peace: Masculinities through DDR in the Kivu Region., Zachary JJ Matthews

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How can space exploration teams help us prepare for the future of work?, Julia McMenamin

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Future thinking: between what we know and what we expect to happen, Claudia Morales Valiente

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WOMEN AND MEDICINE IN THE GOLD COAST AND GHANA, 1880 – 1963, Michael Osei

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Gender Roles in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perceptions and Experiences of Immigrant Women in Canada, Bidushy Sadika

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Understanding the Challenges and Resilience among Visible Minority Essential Workers: Preparing for Future Pandemics in Ontario, Quinn Talbot

Submissions from 2021

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Going local with global policies: Understanding the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana, Eunice Akua Annan-Aggrey

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How Loneliness Relates to Personality and Smartphone Use, Kristi J. Baerg MacDonald

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Urban governance and the politics of everyday survival for street traders in Harare, Zimbabwe, Elmond Bandauko

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Tracking braided rivers through time, Victoria Barlow

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How the Pandemic has Impacted Working Undergrads, Miguel F. Bernard Bravo

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An eye for the invisible: How birds sense the Earth's magnetic field, Madeleine IR Brodbeck

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The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Depression, Parisa Chavoshi

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Matushka Rossiya: A Historical Overview of Russia's Relationship with its Neighbours, Liam Clifford

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Decolonizing ‘Femicide’ in International Frameworks: A Decolonial Feminist Approach, Hannah M. Diebold

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Naverra Music Collective, Madelyn Hertz

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Working in the platform economy, Lyn N. Hoang

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Shifting the conversation: How can we improve the way girls and women see, think about, feel, and behave towards their bodies?, Katarina Huellemann

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Using GPS tracking and geomagnetic data to study migratory movement in birds, Aranya Iyer and Jed A. Long

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Galactic Component Mapping of Spiral Galaxies by Machine Learning Classification, Robin Kwik, Jinfei Wang, and Pauline Barmby

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A Sense of Proportion: How humans represent relative magnitudes in space and time, Rebekka Lagace-Cusiac

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Paper Brains: An open-source 3D paper model, Jessica M. Lammert

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The State-Trait Model of Cheerfulness: Psychometric Validation, Cross-Cultural Findings, and its Associations with Well-Being, Chloe Lau

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Narratives of Colombian Women’s Refugee Claims in Canada, Camila N. Parra Carrillo

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Feel the Burn, Danika A. Quesnel

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Gendered food insecurity in northwestern Benin, Rosalind Ragetlie

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A Middle Ground: The Gendered Division of Housework in Heterosexual Mixed-Nativity Couples, Rebecca Rayner

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Can You See What I'm Saying?: Cochlear Implant Users Experience Unique Listening Challenges in Internet Video Calls, Cailey A. Salagovic

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Improving Interventions for Individuals with Trauma, Somer Schaffer

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Street Tree Effects on Road Surface Temperatures, Austine P. Stastny

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The Partisan Construction of Policy Agendas: Party Ideology, Party Systems and Policy Attention in English Canadian Provinces, 1945–2020, Shanaya Vanhooren

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Differences in Returns to Education Across Ethnic Enclaves, Ethnoburbs, and Suburbs in an Era of Rising Anti-Immigration Sentiment, Sandra Weir